I was recently enjoying revisiting the modernist history of New Canaan’s past. See this great portfolio here.
It was the modernist movement that gave me an awareness and appreciation of architecture generally. New Canaan has a unique history in the Modernist movement and it was what set New Canaan apart . You couldn’t grow up there and be oblivious to architecture and its affect on people when so much creativity and invention was happening around you all the time. I personally knew, met and/or worked for Victor Christ-Janer, Phillip Johnson, Marcel Brauer and especially John Black Lee who gave me my first job to draft an existing building; the New Canaan Field Club Paddle Tennis warming hut. I have visited most of the most remarkable modern homes built in New Canaan and I am always amazed how so many evoke a wonderful emotional response to the surrounding environs let alone the building itself.
All that said, the most recent addition to the modern works in New Canaan, a glass house by the Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma and OH! what an addition! An addition built on John Black Lee’s own house that I visited many times growing up in New Canaan. The precision and delicateness of this new building is amazing and the Owner had true vision when she commissioned it. Wow!
See this amazing house here .